Our Year in Australia
Friday/Saturday: We got up just as Chance was leaving for school (loser) and headed to Macca's for a coffee and 'breakfast' before hitting the road out of Adelaide toward Victoria. Our first stop was at the border where we took Layla's picture and carried on. It was going to be a long drive to Melbourne! We arrived in Melbourne at around 7:00 p.m. The city lights were absolutely beautiful going over the bridge into the CBD. We got to the hotel and checked in. We were staying the night in the community of St. Kilda. The next morning we awoke and headed into the CBD of Melbourne via taxi. Layla was excited that we got a van and got to sit backwards! Our first stop was Federation Square where the tourist information building is situated as well as the churro stand! We immediately went in and found out how to shop wisely in the 4 hours we had in Melbourne. We headed to Bourke Street and looked in a lot of shops…the H and M was particularly memorable; it is the original Postal Service Building and reminded us a lot of Piccadilly Circus in London. From there we found our first Starbucks since being in Australia and bought a Chai and some coffee and took a cab to a seedy end of the CBD where there was supposed to be a Lululemon Outlet store. We were dropped off and walked around a block filled with graffiti, auto body shops, and old warehouses until we found the Outlet. After that it was back in a cab to the hotel to get the car and head toward the Great Ocean Road. We drove out of Melbourne at about 2:00 and hit the Great Ocean Road a short time later. Our first stop was Bells Beach, famous for surfing competitions in Victoria. There we saw some surfers trying the waves…very entertaining! We drove on the beautiful GOR until we came to Apollo Bay at around 6:00 pm where we would camp for the night. We checked in to the Caravan Park and headed west on the Great Ocean Road to get to Maits Rest where there is a Rainforest Walk and you can see Glow Worms in the dark. After about 5 minutes on the trail it was decided that this was much too scary to carry on with, so we headed back to the safety of the car and civilization!